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Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

Q: Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

I have Windows XP installed on a 500 gig drive. I also have a collection of drives that are setup as Spanned Dynamic Volumes through Windows XP.

I want to re-install XP and wonder if the Spanned Volume will survive the reinstall?


Preferred Solution: Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

I am thinking it would be very wise to disconnect those spanned drives during XP installation, updating, driver installation, then reconnect them, and follow these instructions.

Scroll down to "Moving Disks to a Different Computer"

But as always, I recommend backing up Irreplaceable data first.

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Hi all,

First I'd like to say that I'm an idiot, I just deleted my spanned volume . I'm about to run the MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.1.1 (free version), and just wanted to run this by you guys so I don't mess it up even more. Here's the setup I had that I am trying to recover.

Disk 0 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 1 - 64G NTFS System, Boot drive (C:)
Disk 2 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 3 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 4 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
... a few others that don't matter
Disk 9 - 2.5 T iSCSI Spanned volume (F:)
So, I was trying to pull the iSCSI Disk 9 off the other spanned volumes on F:. I did a Delete Volume, and they all disappeared. Was I supposed to use Shrink Volume? Anyway, there were a lot of threads about recovering partitions, but none of them I saw had spanned volumes. Is recovering a spanned volume the same as recovering a single partition, multiple times? Or is there something I'm missing?

I am in the MiniTool Partition Wizard, and I see all of the disks that I want to recover. However, it doesn't allow me to select multiple disks. So the only option that I have with this tool is to go through the recovery process on each disk individually. Is this the right method? If so, how do I get the full spanned volume back after each disk is recovered?

Thanks in advance!

A:Spanned Volume Recovery

Just a quick update. I've been scanning the disks for partition data using the MiniTool, and it's come back with some strange results. Disk 0 shows an abnormally large partition. And after a long while of scanning, I haven't found any partitions on the other disks yet.

Even though the first disk is 931.51GB, after finding the partition, the MiniTool is displaying it as a capacity of 6167.3GB (the sum of the entire spanned volume). Does this mean disk 0 holds the partition data for all 5 disks, and recovery of this will undelete the partition on all disks?

Thanks again!

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So here's the situation: I have two 320GB disks that were setup as a spanned volume under XP Pro, hanging off a third-party PCI SATA controller. That controller has died. I know in theory, I should be able to replace it in the machine and the volume will still be there. However, this system MAY be totally dead... and putting it all back together will be a pain either way.

Is it possible to recover the volume by plugging both drives into a new machine using USB-SATA docks or external cases?? And if so, HOW?

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Hey all,

I had a question regarding a spanned volume versus RAID 0.

I understand that RAID 0 uses stripping, and for that reason, if one HDD dies you lose the data of the entire array. However, what I don't understand is why people suggest the same fate if you lose a single drive in a spanned volume setup. Even the Wikipedia page for spanned volumes states that "if any disk fails, the data on the whole volume could be lost." The entire volume? That doesn't sound right to me...

My understanding of a spanned volume is that most files would only be on one drive or the other, and very rarely split. So, if one drive fails, the data loss would be very limited. I always assumed that with a spanned volume, data would just be written to where ever there's free space, so splitting files between multiple drives would only happen when free space is low. Are my assumptions wrong? Do files frequently get split between multiple drives? Or is that just some over exaggerated caution?

A:Spanned volume versus RAID 0 ?

That's due directly to the type of RAID setup you have...so for basic RAID setup (2 HDD's) that copies data on to both HDDs, you should use RAID 1. This method will allow you to remove any failed drives and replace with new drive and data will be transferred automatically with no data loss.

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I have a spanned volume setup with 4 drives. One of the drives is starting to throw read errors which is preventing WHS from backing it up (Yikes!).

Is it possible to clone the drive with the errors and to reinsert a new drive into the array?

Can the new drive be bigger?


A:Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

You may end up cloning the errors as well. An imaging program capable of handling all four drives at once like the Acronis True Image server edition would be able to handle Dynamic volumes if that's what you are working with there.

The best time for any imaging however is while everything is working 100% to make your backup of the entire setup just in case something like this comes up. The imaging program used would back up each block to be restored on the new identical replacement drive in order to work.

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A friend of mine, not me, accidently deleted a spanned volume, One of the disks is an IBM Deskstar 80GB and the other is a Maxtor 200GB with 8M Buffer. The Spanned volume was a total of 190 GB (using unallocated space from both). The volume was deleted using the MMC utility from windows. I was wondering if there is any software out there that would me, not me, my friend, recover the data that was in it.

A:Recover Deleted Spanned Volume

I would think that this is the app your looking for, but its not free. Most app's that are worth there salt aren’t.

File Scavenger

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I had three 2TB drive spanned together into a single volume for all my media files. I had the hose on my liquid cooler break and dump all the coolant on one of the drives. It, obviously, is toast.

Now, I would like to get the data of the remaining two.

I have run two different recovery software suites (Easeus and File Scavenger) on them and only find about 1TB of data.

Is there any other way or did I really lose 4 TB of data?



A:Recovering data from a spanned volume

Wow, This was posted a long time ago. I think you may have already solved your problem, but Spanned volumes take the first disk, fill it and moves on to the next disk. For example:
If the 2TB drive that got trashed was the first, well you're ****ed.
If it was second, and no more than the drives capacity was full, you're ok.
If it was 3rd and untouched, you are good to go.
Word of advice: DO NOT FORMAT

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I have a system with a spanned volume of five 2TB disks. Actually, the "disks" are all iSCSI targets (since Windows XP won't see targets >2047GB on my QNAP array)... but in any case, Windows shows all the disks as being present and the spanned volume as being "Healthy"... it just doesn't appear to be formatted any longer. The array itself (RAID5 with a hot spare) shows as healthy, and the SMART on all the physical drives shows fine as well. So all the components look to be good, I've just lost the NTFS structure.

Any suggestions on how to recover??

A:Solved: HELP: Spanned volume unformatted??

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I just bought myself an HDD docking station, and following instructions on lifehacker, tried to create a spanned volume, so that I can use two spare Western Digital 500Gb HDDs as a single 1Tb HDD.

All seemed to go OK until the last point, when I got an error "The operation is not supported by the object"

The two drives are fine, and the dock seems to work fine. I can format the two drives individually, and they show up in File Explorer correctly, but I can't crate a spanned volume.

Anyone any ideas? Thanks

A:Create new spanned volume - Operation not supported by object

I would not bother. Spanned drives are PITA to backup, and if one fails life gets complicated.

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Hello all.

I have been researching this to no avail.

Here is the TL DR;

Old computer died which had two 400GB sata drives that houses a lot of family pictures and MP3s. The drives were dynamic and a 745 GB volume spanned across the drives. I now know these drives are also RAID-0, but I wanted to see if I could see any data on them and I had a USB sata dock. Learned the hard lesson that a dynamic disk wont be visible via USB no matter what (at the time I didnt know it was also a RAID-0) . I put the drive (which just happened to be the first drive) in my dock and somehow the drive got corrupted and became a basic disk. Pop up came asking if I wanted to format which of course I didn't. Odd thing is that the partition is intact (745GB) which causes the issue of not allowing me to convert it back to dynamic. It would seem if somehow I could just get it back to dynamic everything would work again or would be a heck of a lot easier to repair.

The issue is I cannot convert directly back to dynamic because it appears I don't have enough "free space" due to the partition reporting a 745GB volume which is correct.

I have tried multiple pieces of software mostly from Acronis, EASEUS, and Runtime (Disk Director, GetDataBack NTFS, Raid Recovery for Windows, and Data Recovery Wizard). Problem is these products don't fully solve the problem and I cannot reliably get the data off. The one product Runtime does have is raid reconstructor - but I am not ready to spend ... Read more

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I have Windows Server 2012 R2 and it is my file server and it auto syncs user's file every minute. I have 3 disks. The primary partition (Disk 0) and two others (Disk 1 & Disk 2). My question does not include the primary

I shrunk Disk 2 so that I had unallocated space. I then extended Disk 1 using the unallocated space from Disk 2 creating spanned volume on Disk 1 (extended volume on Disk 2). It did not do what I wanted so I want to 'undo' it. Can
I just delete the spanned volume on Disk 2 (space that added to Disk 1)? Or more accurately if I'm going to delete the spanned volume on Disk 2, will it affect my users' files?

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Ok, it's been 2 years now and I finally bit the upgrade bullet. I will be installing a new mobo, cpu, ram, and of course my current version of win 7 x64.

My only question is, will my spanned volumes survive and be recognized by the new system?

I have 4, 2TB drives. 2 are in the pc, spanned (by win7 device manager) to 4TB drive.
The other 4TB span is in a eSATA raidbox.

I have reinstalled windows before and the span was recognized, all data intact. But now I am wondering since I am upgrading to a new mobo, should I be worried?

Thanks guys.

A:Spanned disks & new mobo install

In principle it should work - as radio Yerevan would say Questions for Radio Yerevan | afoe | A Fistful of Euros | European Opinion

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I have created a customized WinPe boot CD with an application that will allow a user to click a button 'Install Image'.  Before executing the imagex command I will prepare my disks using Diskpart and assign the Windows partition with the letter T:\.
 After all pre imaging work is done I will execute the following command:
imagex /ref G:\HPImagex\HPFinalSpan*.swm /apply G:\HPImagex\HPFinalSpan.swm 1 T:
My question is how will the install process know when the second, third, forth CD should be inserted to continue with the imaging?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Hi, my laptop came with 2 CDs or DVDs that will reformat the HDD and then re-install back to
the original factory installed "image"...

I am just wondering if any spyware or viruses or trojans can possibly survive this re-install??

if so, how likely? 10%? 1%? anyone can hazard a guess?

im not too knowledgable on computers, i thought i had read before where a virus could survive the re-install by hiding in CMOS or some battery thing??
am running Vista..just use the laptop for surfing, so i would like to re-install every few months
or so if thats adviseable...

A:Solved: Does any spyware/virus/trojan survive an OS image re-install?

If you use the factory supplied CDs and restore your laptop to its "factory configuration," any and all data, files, programs, viruses, spyware will be erased during the re-formatting of the hard drive. The reinstallation is going to revert your laptop to the way it was when you brought it home from the store. MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP ANY DATA BEFORE REINSTALLING OR YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING!!

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I know from old that the HAL of Windows XP would never survive a CPU upgrade that involved a Core change, so all upgrades I have done so far have included time allocated to reinstall Windows, be that XP or 7 or even 8. But right now I have a very good configuration and was looking in to not having to reinstall Windows7P.

Current CPU is AMD Phenom II X6 1075T and the upgrade is AMD FX 8350.

I am not changing any other hardware.

Your best bet?

A:Upgrading CPU, will Windows survive?

I forgot i have asked about this before, hence the answers given then, even if it were 3-4 years ago, are probably still valid. Sorry about that.

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Okay, so I did an experiment which I performed a hard shutdown (holding power button for 5 seconds) and each time after that windows refuse to start normally and auto repair fails, forcing me to refresh the pc/reimage the drive/system restore/cd which is troublesome. (depends)

Now this pisses me off because last time when I was using windows xp, 7 and vista on my old pc, I don't have this kind of problem. Whenever my pc hangs/freezes I used to be able to perform a hard shutdown and know that there won't be any real consequences.

So I need to know how to get my current pc to display this toughness because I know that eventually somewhere in the future my PC will hang for whatever reason and I need my PC to be reliable when I do a hard shutdown.

A:How to make windows 8 survive a hard shutdown?

I never seen that happen with W8, 8.1, check your HDD.

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Hey guys my Computer has something hidden in it which i cannot identify. It causes it to have a blue screen whenever i shut it down for about 20 minutes then windows starts to have problem booting. All programs cannot be run even when my desktop is shown. The internet is blocked and all my antivirus/anti spyware is disabled. what kind of malicious soft ware is this and if so can u help me identify what it is so i can delete it?
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 10:11:38 PM, on 6/27/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2, v.2135 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files\CyberLink DVD Solution\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\LaunchApplication.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\PcSync2.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Nokia\MPAPI\MPAPI3s.e... Read more

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hi all
i have windows 7 on my laptop
and i have a virus in it
i want to format my desk and replace a new windows 7 on it
anyways , i have only one partition the one that holds the OS,
i made a new volume from the desk that's hold the operating system and the volume is " logical drive ",
so will the logical drive be deleted if i format and reinstall OS on the desk that i shrinked the volume from ?

A:will the volume disappear if i install a new windows 7 ?

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The topic says it all. I thought it was just me but i asked a few of my friends and they noticed the same thing. Whenever i re-do my windows,the overall volume is greatly decreased and i mean with master volume of the windows maxed out. After a few days or weeks the volume gets back up where you can actually understand a songs lyrics. Any solution?

A:The overall loudness/volume decrease when Windows is re-install!

I've never heard of this. Are you installing the correct sound driver when you reinstall? The generic Windows installed "HD Audio Codec" is a basic function sound driver, the PC or Motherboard vendor, as applicable, sound driver is preferred.

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I was trying to install Windows 7 ultimate on a Lenovo b570 that had Windows 7 Home Premium, I Gparted the drive to all unallocated, and started the W7 install, at 57%, it hangs for three hours, I take the disc out, notice fingerprints, used a CD cleaner, and cleaned it, I put the CD back in, waited for it to spin up, before hitting "try again" with the "No disc in the drive message" after hitting "try again", instead of it continuing like normal, it kept saying "The wrong volume is in the drive" despite putting the SAME disc in. No matter how many time I try to click, "try again", I get the same "The wrong volume is in the drive" message. If I hit "continue" I get a "Windows was unable to complete the installation" the computer restarts, but now I get a "Bootmgr is missing" Won't even boot to CD, not even Gparted again!
Any ideas on a fix on these various problems with installation?

A:Cannot install Windows 7 on Lenovo B570 "The wrong volume is in the drive" 57%

Hi. Is booting from a USB flash drive an option? It would be a lot more reliable, faster and one could even inject all current updates to the install wim file (a little over 7GB to date).
Just create the bootable drive
Extract the image to the root of the drive
Boot from drive and install
If all USB ports are 3.0 or better... one may have to configure BIOS to enable legacy and use a USB 2.0 drive as there may arise a driver issue when trying to install. One may pybass these errors by also including the secure boot option to Windows 7 installer.

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my laptop was never formatted .. since i bought it
if i wished to format it ... how can i keep my drivers aside ?
because i don't want to face problems after formatting ...
why in the desktop systems a CD is provided that contains drivers . and in LAPTOPs there is not ?

A:how to survive my drivers ?

u p

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Deleted -- New storage spaces actually work Fine. !!!


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A hopefully simple question.... will any viruses, spyware, etc. "survive" doing using the system restoration discs provided for the computer (eMachine)? Not using the XP sytem restore, but the discs that wipe out the current installation and puts the machine back to the "out of the box" state. Thanks.

A:Virus's/Spyware Survive?

I don't believe so.

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Would someone be able to help me determine if my computer is indeed clean following detection of rootkit virus here on this forum and subsequent OS reinstall? I'm pretty green here, but thought that all old files should be wiped out after OS reinstall. However, it sure *looks* like files remain in old user accounts that I'm fairly certain I didn't save OR reinstall. Is this possible? I also seem to recall, however, that when setting up new user accounts, I was told I couldn't use my old name, so this seems to suggest that perhaps these files were preserved? Thank you for any help you can provide.

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I have changed the icon on two drive shortcuts and one folder to icons that I made with an icon builder. I went through the normal routine of customization in all cases, even clicking the APPLY button before the OK button. Sometimes they do not survive a reboot or an on/off.
Anything else I can do to make them permanent?

A:I change an icon but they don't survive

Hello "Blockie"

Icons for external drives are stored in a hidden INF file on the external device (thumb drives, discs)
Not all devices will have an INF file, but you can create one.

I assume your icons are ICO files.
The folder that is not retaining your custom icon, check if it has a hidden "desktop.ini" file
To view hidden files and folders ... see the early text in HOW TO ASSIGN AN ICON TO A DATA STORAGE DEVICE in this thread.

Contents of the "desktop.ini" should look something like

... the "IconResource" string should be the full-name to your ICO file.

Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder options ... (or Start > Settings > Control Panel > Folder Options)
View (tab)
(•) Show Hidden Files, folders and drives <<< SELECTED
[ ]Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) <<< UNCHECK
Apply (btn)
OK (btn)

Windows Explorer
create a new folder anywhere (it will be deleted when this entire process is finished)
right click the new/temp folder > Properties > Customize > Change icon > Browse to the icon of your choosing.
Apply (btn)
OK (btn)

New/temp folder:-
- in the new/temp folder there will be a hidden folder (greyed out) "desktop.ini"
- open the INI file
- copy the string after "IconResource... Read more

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A few days ago, I started my computer. Nothing unusual. Then when my Avast activated itself, it gave me a message saying that a ROOTKIT had been found. I immediately
selected the 'remove infection' option. My computer is now showing some weird signs (which were also there before the rootkit discovery). Sometimes it will completely
freeze for about 1-2 minutes, then work again. Again, these signs were also there BEFORE the infection was found.

I am now scared that my computer is still infected, despite nothing being found when i scan. I still use Avast! free edition.

I'm a frequent user of Portable Apps. (applications that can be downloaded to a portable drive and be used from that drive)
I want to download a new bunch of apps, but I am scared that the rootkit might still be in my system, in which case it might transfer itself to my usb-drive.
Since the applications are portable, I will be using them at school and on my friends' computers. I don't want to spread malware throughout my town .

If any more info is needed, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!

A:Did the rootkit survive my desinfect?

my Avast activated itself, it gave me a message saying that a ROOTKIT had been found. I immediatelyWhat exactly did it detect? Was there a log generated, an object/file identified as a rootkit, etc?Not all hidden components detected by security tools are malicious. It is normal for a Firewall, some anti-virus and anti-malware software (ProcessGuard, Prevx), CD Emulators sandboxes, virtual machines and Host based Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS) to exhibit rootkit-like behavior or hook into the OS kernal/SSDT (System Service Descriptor Table) in order to protect your system. SSDT is a table that stores addresses of functions that are used by Windows. Whenever a function is called, Windows looks in this table to find the address for it. Both legitimate programs and rootkits can hook into and alter this table. API Kernel hooks are not always bad since some system monitoring software and security tools use them as well. If no hooks are active on a system it means that all system services are handled by ntoskrnl.exe which is a base component of Windows operating systems and the process used in the boot-up cycle of a computer. ARK scanners do not differentiate between what is good and what is bad...they only report what is found. Therefore, even on a clean system some hidden essential components may be detected when performing a scan to check for the presence of rootkits. As such, you should not be alarmed if you see any hidden entries created by legitimate programs after perfor... Read more

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During the evening of Monday, 21 October 2002, 13 vital pieces of Internet infrastructure suffered an hour-long attack that almost brought them to their virtual knees.
The domain name system, or DNS, allows users to type mnemonic names (such as "www.extremetech.com") instead of cryptic IP addresses (such as It's structured as a distributed database. Each level of the name -- from the ".com" backward to the "www" -- may be determined by a different server in a different part of the world.

The 13 DNS "root servers" lie at the top of the hierarchy, and are the first stop when your ISP's equipment looks up the name preceding the ".com" for you. For example, your ISP might go to the root servers to find the address of the name server responsible for the domain "extremetech.com". It then goes to that name server to find out the address of the host "www" within the domain "extremetech.com". Your ISP saves, or caches, the addresses associated with names that were recently looked up, so you might not even notice a brief outage in the root servers. But if those servers were to stop running for more than a short while, the Internet would grind nearly to a halt.

A Washington Post article gives a general description of the attacks. Other sources say that the attack consisted of ICMP packets -- the kind used by the "ping" network utility. (An attack that overwhelms a machine ... Read more

A:DNS servers survive attack...

I disagree about the "internet being brought to its knees" This is just sensationalism in order to sell newspapers and get people to watch the news.

The root servers are certainly very important. However, DNS is designed to cache information at a lower level to minimize requests to the root servers.

I doubt anyone noticed a problem on Monday with not being able to reach any webpages while the attack was occurring.

Now, I have thought it would be a cool movie about terroritsts attacking the root servers and holding them hostage, blah, blah, blah - but if that occurred, I'm sure they have hot mirror sites which they could fail over too (or I would hope). Anyway, check out this NSLOOKUP response and see that the lookup to www.extremetech.com didn't hit the root servers - UUNet had it cached on two different DNS servers.


> www.extremetech.com
Server: DNS.x.com
Address: 216.x.x.x

SendRequest(), len 52
opcode = QUERY, id = 3, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

www.extremetech.com.x.com, type = A, class = IN

Got answer (126 bytes):
opcode = QUERY, id = 3, rcode = NXDOMAIN
header flags: response, auth. answer, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority re... Read more

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Hi Everyone
I'm hoping someone can help me with this. I'm trying to recover data from hard drives that were in another PC. The motherboard is dead and the the hard drives that were in the old PC were connected in a RAID configuration and set to span the drives. Here is the origional information, what whas done and what information I an looking for:

I got a PC and the MoBo is dead. I'm trying to recover the data from the drive but it looks like the person who built it enabled spanning on the drives. There were 2 drives connected to a Gigabyte GA 7N400 Pro2 Mobo. This Mobo has GigaRaid support. Both drives are 120 GB each and were connected as masters to the RAID controller. When I took the first one out and connected it to my portable drive, I could see the drive but could not access it. Error message is: Drive not accessible. This file or Directory is corrupted and unreadable.
In the management console it shows me 34GB used and 195GB free, on a 120GB drive. My assumption is that this system has been setup with spanning enabled. This system had Win XP home edition installed.
Im trying to recover the data. I tried ghosting the drive and still could not access the files.

It was suggested that I take both drives, and add them both into the new machine, and then 'import foreign disks'. You can't just add part of a spanned volume - you have to have it all.

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Hi there I currently have 2 spanned drives in my pc one is 3x1.5TB and the other is 3x2TB. Just wondering I want change my computer case and would like to know do I have to plug each sata cable in the exact same spot there are now or is it okay to plug them in different spots and windows will recognize them properly. Thanks

A:Spanned Drives Question

Logic tells me that you have to keep the port arrangement. But I have never tried that myself.

I am curious: Why did you span those in the first place. Sounds like a lot of real estate.

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Hello All:

I have 4 4tb WD My Book drives I would like to create a SPANNED drive. I am trying to convert them into DYNAMIC drives but get the error message:

"This operation is not supported by the object"

Does anyone know a work around for this or a way to create the SPANNED drive?


A:Spanned External Drives

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I created a dynamic disk on Windows 7 64 bit Professional ((6.1.7601) with all applicable updates verified 10 minutes ago) by connecting directly to a SATA connection on the motherboard.

I then tried moving the disk to my Startech drive dock (SATDOCK4U3E).  It is connected to my motherboard via USB3.0 connection.  The station has a e-sata connection by my motherboard does not.  Further looking at the newer motherboards, e-sata
seems to be rare now as there are no Z170 motherboards listed on TigerDirect or NewEgg.

If I buy an e-SATA card should I be able to use the dynamic disk on my drive dock?

I am wanting dynamic disks because I am moving all my DVD's and BluRay disks to hard disk.  I am setting up multiple shortcuts to the movies with the book marks being stored in folders for actors, actresses, and directors.  For instance, the African
Queen will have shortcuts stored under Humphrey Bogart, Catherine Hepburn, Robert Morley, and John Huston.  As my collection is quite large (over 8 large 500 slot folders of DVDs though some are not full like the only DVD folder), I am wanting to set
the drives as dynamic spanning.  The first DVD folder alone almost filled a 4TB drive.

If Windows 7 will not support this, will Windows Server 2012?  I am expecting before I finish to be using at least 16 disk drives and I would like to clone the drives to a backup set.  Also if Windows Server 2012 and I must move to it, does Wi... Read more

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I don't know if anyone is doing anything like this, so this is kind of a shot in the dark...

On a client's site, I'm running a QNAP NAS array with eight 2TB drives, one as a hot spare, the rest in a RAID5 array, for a total of ~13TB available, all connected to a WinXP/SP3 DVR via iSCSI (using the latest Microsoft iSCSI initiator).

Now, the QNAPs have a little issue, where iSCSI targets under Windows XP are limited to 2TB (other arrays I've used manage to work around this). This means that I end up with seven 2TB volumes on the DVR (well, six @ 2TB, another at ~1TB). This makes setup a PITA, plus the DVR requires additional licenses for additional media drives rolleyes: don't get me started).

To get around this, I decided set the volumes as Dynamic and create a single spanned volume across them all. I figure, if one target goes offline (which would normally destroy a spanned volume), they'll all go offline, so it's all all-eggs-in-one-basket deal no matter which way I rig it.

Anyway, problem is, when the machine boots up, it takes the iSCSI initiator a minute or two to connect and the volumes to all come online and be available to the machine. And in this time, it appears Windows is looking for the pieces of the spanned volume, seeing it's not there, and just setting the volume as "Deactivated" and leaving it at that. I have to go into Disk Management, right-click one of the volume segments, and select "Reactivate"... Read more

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I moved to a Samsung tablet core I5 with Windows 8 Enterprise and I have to survive with very low capacity SSD drive. After W8 Intallation, O13 installation, and a strict minimum of corporate applications, I'm left with less than 21 gig available space for my files ... It was already hard with a 128 gig SSD, things have just gone worst. I do not plan to plug an external hard drive all the time ...

1) I added a microSD drive of 32 gig, but... I cannot add up this drive to any Library (documents, pictures, video or music), any idea how to force the system to accept the microSD as "permanent drive"

2) I need a cloud / server cache system that would enable "partial sync" for offline files (not always connected to Internet)

3) Any search tool to recommend that is also searching emails since W8 doesn't search into Outlook files ost and pst (W7 did this)

Thanks :-)

A:How to survive with very little disk space on a tablet ?

Originally Posted by ahuart

1) I added a microSD drive of 32 gig, but... I cannot add up this drive to any Library (documents, pictures, video or music), any idea how to force the system to accept the microSD as "permanent drive"

Yes - you can trick the libary by using a shortcut. See here for instructions: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...tations-144057 (scroll down to "Adding removable storage to a library")

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Everytime I remove spyware I will go VERY slow. My computer cannot survive without it! Please help me!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:33:30 PM, on 9/3/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus Platinum\APVXDWIN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Thomson\Lyra Jukebox\LyraHDTrayApp\LYRAHD2TrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\PopUp Killer\PopUpKiller.EXE
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\MessengerPlus! 3\MsgPlus.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Xfire\Xfire.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus Platinum\Firewall\PavFires.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus Platinum\pavsrv51.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus Platinum\AVENGINE.EXE
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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A:My computer cant survive w/o spyware! HJT Included

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OK, I know there have been quite many discussions on this matter, but I've not been able to draw a definite conclusion. Is it possible (=has this been demonstrated) that a virus can survive fdisk+format? That is, if I clear my CMOS, my windows XP installation CD (authentic and clean) and select to delete my partition, then format, will there be ANY chance that a virus could have survived that?


A:Can a virus survive Fdisk+format?

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If my battery is running low while I am traveling, and I don't want to restart my computer, can I hibernate to save my open work, then change my battery and resume - or will my work be lost if I do that with the computer unplugged.

I am running Vista Home Premium on a Gateway MT6840 laptop.


A:Does hibernation survive battery change?

In theory hibernate saves your work before going into hibernation, you should be ok. That being said, assuming that you are in school and a paper is due tomorrow morning, do not trust it to hibernate. Save it yourself.

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Hello All,
My PC recently had a graphic card problem; it died, I think, I get no monitor signal on reboot yet I see the CMOS test counter going on my mother board. So, I went out and got a new graphic card and replace it. That works fine for one evening of intensive gaming; I was eager to test out everything that the new graphic card can do. The next evening, when I booted up my PC, I get the blue screen of death. I then cold booted the PC and choose the start normal route when it prompt me that I had a crash and select my start options, etc. Everything came up fine after that.

However, the blue screen had me worried. I either installed the new graphic card wrong; software or hardware wise; or I may have something on my PC that it's desirable. Anyway, I decided to run a full scan of the PC using Norton's security suite, and it found nothing. I figured since Norton being a big name in Antiviral software, some virus may be coded specifically to be under its radar. So, I decided to do a little research on what I can get that could give me a second opinion. I found the review on CNET about how great Stopzilla is at catching things that Norton and McCafe misses, I decided to give it a shot. I downloaded the free version, installed it, reboot, and did a full scan. It found 10 trojans and a ton load of other cookies and stuffs. To remove these virus and stuffs that it found, I had to pay for the registered version of Stopzilla; so I paid up and let it d... Read more

A:Can some virus survive a repartition and format?

Can you demand a refund?


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My Windows 7 was installed in Drive C: in Primary partition.

I only have another drive D:, which is also a Primary partition and 200GB in size.

I need to create another drive. So, I use 'Shrink Volume' on Drive D: and free 30GB.

Then 30GB become free space and when I right click on that, I choose to 'Simple Volume' and then format it as NTFS and assign the drive letter E:. All of a sudden after I did that, all the partitions(C: and D now no longer say "Primary Partition". The blue color on top of the partitions also changed to a yellow/brownish color. My guess is that they have been converted to a Simple Volume too.

Well, then I just restart my PC and astonished that my windows 7 can't load. Only a blank screen come ahead to me. No error message given.

I use my Windows 7 DVD and in repair windows section, I use command line and by 'diskpart', i found, my all partition (C: and D: and E present their and there file system is: 'NTFS' and Type is "Simple". No drive there marked as a 'System' or 'boot'.

What should I do now, to recover my Windows 7?

Any kind of help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have a system with 2 spanned volumes and a boot drive,
3 disks 2Tb making a 6 TB drive, pure data.
2 disks 1 Tbmaking a 2 TB drive, pure data
a boot disk simple volume with 500Gbyte and 4 Partitions.

This boot didk has now a problem and won't boot anymore.
If I replace this bootdrive with a new 2 TB disk and install Windows 7.
Will the new install W7 auto recognize the 2 spanned volumes or not ?

thx for all the help I can get..

A:moving / restoring spanned volumes.

Why are you using Spanned volume or Dynamic disk? Like RAID we see only problems with this. The only reason I've ever seen to justify this is using huge files like video editing files which require the extra space.

Can you browse in now using a rescue disk like Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free o
or use the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to browse as shown in Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. If your data is intact and readable I would copy it out to backup first before anything else just to be extra cautious.

There is no guarantee with RAID or Dynamic spanned disks. We never see anything but trouble with them.

Then after you replace your boot disk, make sure it's in DISK0 slot during install so install cannot interfere with any other Disk. After install if necessary try spanning the HD's again to see if the spanned volumes can be replicated.

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ok so this problem was just about from the beginning. i thought i would be patient and it would go away. at first i noticed that while using msn messenger, its volume control for voice chat controled the main volume for the whole pc. so if it was low things wouldnt sound as high as i wanted. no matter if i adjusted the main volume in the control panel, which was always set to highest, the volume would still be at the mercy of Msn M. so if it was lower than usual i would have to sign into msn m and adjust it. not only does this happen with msn m. it also happens with web video applications used by youtube, livevideo, etc etc! those arent usually the culprit of low sound. its usually just msn m. even now with live messenger i have the issue. im tired of being patient so here i am

windows xp sp2
2gig ram.
anything else? sound card? the sound card came with the mobo. its a Realtek AC'97.
thanks for any help.

A:Other volume bars control the main volume of windows xp

trying to keep it alice bump~

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1. can malware like this:
survive repaving the harddisk with a new installation of the OS?
2. also what other malware are capable of such survival? example, by getting itself stored in the MBR, BIOS, modem-router firmware, and similar extraordinary possibilities.
3. how can one eradicate such malware completely? if yes, what are the steps to follow in chronological order, so as to delete EVERYTHING FULLY and reinstall the BIOS, OS, MBR, modem-router firmware, etc., and everything, IN DETAIL, so that there is no loophole by which any malware can survive the process (like a new pc); (in easy words please. coz i am no computer expert).

A:steps involved in repaving? can malware survive it?

This thread  (at this forum) may provide some information that you are asking about here.
I posted in post #7 in the thread.
I read that link you provided several months ago, interesting article.
From what I've read here and elsewhere, most malicious intrusions won't survive a format and OS reinstall.
However, I'd recommend going further than a format and reinstall since there are some types of malware that will survive a high-level ("quick") format of the HDD.
I read elsewhere in this forum where one member had been affected by a "Cryptolocker" variant.  He formatted and reinstalled Windows (7, if I recall), and reloaded all of his programs/apps, customized his Windows environments, etc.  When he tried to use his PC the next morning, the Cryptolocker ransom screen had reappeared on his PC.
He then deleted the partitions on the affected HDD, then reinstalled the OS.  From reading that member's posts, that appeared to remove the malicious content.
One can boot from one of the various HDD/partition tools on bootable media, such as "Gparted", "Partition Wizard", etc.  Then you can delete the partitions on the HDD before reinstalling the OS.
I like to use the "Diskpart" utility that's accescable either from the CMD prompt within Windows, or from a Windows System Repair Disc which has several menu options, one of which is accessing the CMD prompt.
Within CMD, you can run the... Read more

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I have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition server. On this machine, I had an approx 8 TB RAID50 volume that was approaching capacity. I decided to expand the volume by spanning this volume onto another 12TB RAID50 volume. I realize that this isn't the best idea for data reliability, but it makes management easier. This server also has off-site mirroring, so I figured it would be fine.

I have created spanned volumes many times before, but never on something this large. Unfortunately, the volume creation failed with error code C000000D. Now, the device manager shows the spanned volume, but it only has the capacity of the original volume. Is there any way to fix this without losing all of my data?

I would like to remove the spanned volume and start over, but I am concerned that I might not be able to do so without wiping both disks and reloading all the data.

Here is a screenshot of the LDM:
This is essentially the same problem that someone else posted here:

But, no solution was posted. I googled the error code and didn't come up with anything else.

Any ideas?


A:Solved: Spanned disk extension failed

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I have two partitions formed over two discs. After unplugging another hard drive I noticed that Windows would no longer recognized the drives.

I tried looking in the BIOS and discovered the motherboard didn't seem to be picking them up either. Thinking it may be a loose connection I unplugged and plugged them back in, seemingly fixing the problem.

However, after a few days, once again the drives disappeared from Windows, mid-boot. Unsure of what to do I tried a reboot, which seemed to fix the problem. This happened again after a couple of days and subsequently with increasing frequency until Windows would no longer pick up the drives at all.

After looking at disk manager I got the error messages attached. I tried 'reactivating' and then running chkdsk. As the drive I ran it on is large and contains my music (600gb, 10,000s of files), it took quite some time so I left it overnight. After checking on the PC chkdsk was gone and the drive was no longer detectable. I've repeated the process twice now. It's unclear if for some reason chkdsk is crashing and not finishing or actually completing its work in the time I leave it (around 12 hours).

Still, each time after I boot the PC the drives are viewable for a minute or two but files completely inaccessible.

There is a possibility that when I unplugged the drives that I mixed up the SATA cables and ports - is there a possibility that is what has caused this?

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A:Dynamic disc spanned partitions failing

It looks like one of the drives failed and your spanned set would loose all data, there is no redundancy in Spanned Volumes, unlike a RAID 1 or 5.
Hope you have a back up.
If not you can try to recover the files using the free TestDisk program. I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore your files to.

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Using Ghost 2003 on WinXP Home SP2. Images saved to DVD.
I've done a "successful" integrity check from a spanned DVD image and it will Restore, but when trying to "Explore", it says it's "corrupt or files are missing" and will only show first folder ("load incomplete") !? Yet, when using an image that's entirely on a single DVD, there is no problem. I've never had any problems restoring an image, but I've just never bothered to use the "Explore" utility before. Am I doing something wrong? I tried copying the spanned image to an empy folder on the HDD but still got the same results when trying to "Explore". Iniitially, I assumed it was a bad image (although I've never had a bad image before) and tried to use the "Explore" utility on a different image set, but had same results.
Would this have anything to do with the NTFS format or am I screwing something up? Any insights would be appreciated.

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Hi there
I'd accidentally deleted an entire Video library from a set of TWO disk drives defined as Spanned as a single 4TB GPT formatted drive.

I thought I'd had that -- but eSupport Undelete Plus worked an absolute miracle and was able to restore the entire library even though at delete time I got message "File to big to send to recycle bin -- delete permanently".

I was just in the process of going to arrange backups -- and was re-organising my Disks -- just shows you that an accidental delete can happen to ANYONE no matter how careful you usually are -- and it would have been a HUMUNGOUS pain to re-create this all over again. -- I'm running W8 x-64 enterprise (TechNet edition) BTW.

For example (it can show in Folders as well as files stuff available for restore) screenshot enc -- here's just one part of my video library --the entire 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis.

Fortunately I hadn't touched anything an the drive after deleting the library so the ENTIRE library was re-coverable -- nearly 400 GB of Video !!!!!. and this was on 2 disks spanned and set as GPT.

Well worth EVERY EUROCENT / CENT / PENNY etc. -- Everone is going to delete some major library by accident at least ONCE at some time.

On restore it restored all the files to the original directories and sub directories so I just had to click the boxes for the files and the program did the rest -- brilliant piece of software.

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I am about to re-install XP Pro with sp2 on my main file serving PC

I have 2 x 400gb drives that are spanned. I use these drives to file share a range of data across my home network.

I am concerned that if I re-install I may lose access to this data or it may become corrupt by installing a new version of XP Pro.

I currently have XP Pro sp2 on a separate drive on the system but it is steadily becoming unstable.

Stored data across these drives is about 500GB.

I would like to know if backing this data up would be the best option of if all will be fine and the new S will find and recognise this spanned volume.


A:data on spanned drives when reinstalling XPpro

What do you mean by "spanned"? You have them set up as Dynamic Disks? It should Just Work if you have Windows XP or newer. If you are installing to a drive outside the spanned set, then no data will be corrupt.

Unless you use file encryption, any access problems should be resolvable with a simple permissions reset.

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